Bashar Barakah Jackson (July 20, 1999 – February 19, 2020), better known by his stage name Pop Smoke, was an American rapper and singer from Brooklyn, New York. He began his musical career in 2018 and collaborated with UK drill artists and producers, who often employed more minimal and aggressive instrumentation than its Chicago counterpart. He quickly gained fame after he released his breakout single "Welcome to the Party" in April 2019.
Pop Smoke then signed a recording contract with Victor Victor Worldwide and Republic Records, and released his debut mixtape Meet the Woo (2019). The mixtape's second single, "Dior", reached number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100. His second mixtape, Meet the Woo 2 (2020), debuted at number 7 on the Billboard 200. It was released just under two weeks prior to Pop Smoke being fatally shot during a home invasion in Los Angeles. His debut studio album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, was posthumously released in July 2020 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with all 19 tracks from the album charting on the Billboard Hot 100.
On the morning hours on February 19,2020 while celebrating at a album release party in Hollywood hills Four masked gunmen went to the house to robbed where they spotted pop smoke. A alleged scuffle took place and Bashar was shot multiple times in The torso. The shooters fled. Police arrived to find pop with multiple wounds and transported him to Cedars-Sinai hospital where he was pronounced dead at the age of 20 years old. In March 2020 pop was laid to rest in his hometown New York City.
On July 2020 Hoover’s criminal was arrested in Connection to Bashar murder and is currently awaiting trial.
In May 2021 new details emerge that pop smoke was taking a shower when Four hooded gunmen including two juveniles broke into the house through the curtains. One of them held a semi automatic gun toward her and threatened to kill her: shut the f**k up do you want to die. The woman was allegedly shot at and heard a struggle coming from the bathroom between pop smoke and the robbers. Pop was able to run out the bathroom when she heard a gunshot and heard pop fall to the ground. The robbers begin to pistol whipped and kicked him when he was able to run downstairs before getting shot two more times. The woman followed pop where she found him laying on the ground and told Michael to call 911. A 15 year old was the one responsible for pop Smoke death and allegedly admitted to inmates he comply but later fight them and he fatally shot him. They made off with a Rolex and later Sale it for $2000.